Honda Accord, Civic, Ford pick-up’s – top targets for U.S. thieves image

These models are the top three most-stolen vehicles in the U.S. according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau’s just-released “Hot Wheels” list.

The “Hot Wheels” list examines annual vehicle-theft data submitted by law-enforcement agencies across the country to the National Crime Information Center to determine the makes and models most-frequently reported stolen during the previous year.

As in past years, Honda Accords and Civics by far were the most-stolen vehicles in 2012, totaling 58,596 and 47,037, respectively, with full-size Ford pickups coming in a distant third with 26,770 thefts. Older Accords and Civics eclipsed newer Hondas in theft frequency, which NICB attributes to improved anti-theft technology.

Most of the makes and models return from the previous list; the only newcomers were the Nissan Altima (No. 9) and Nissan Maxima (No. 10), knocking the Ford Explorer and Nissan Sentra off this year’s roster.

NICB reported that the latest list differs from previous years as it reports the top 10 most-stolen vehicles by make and model only, irrespective of model year. In previous rankings, in an effort to create a more varied report, only one make/model/year would appear in the top 10.